Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 | 10:52 a.m.
A new poll out this week showing U.S. Sen. John Ensign with a lethally low approval rating has some in the Republican establishment continuing to squirm.
In a taping of To the Point today, Republican national committeeman Robert List said Ensign should begin giving serious consideration to foregoing a re-election bid if his numbers don’t improve soon.
“He’s going to have to take a hard look at getting out,” List said. “He owes it to the state, he owes it to the party, that if it is clearly apparent there are better candidates who are more likely to win that he needs to step aside.”
The Public Policy Polling survey showed Ensign with a 35 percent approval rating. The poll also showed Ensign trailing potential Democratic candidates. U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, on the other hand, led each Democrat polled.
List said he would have trouble backing Ensign in a Republican primary.
“If Congressman Heller is leading any other opponents, as this recent poll shows that he would beat any Democrat out there and Ensign would not, then I, and I think most Republicans, would have to say, look we got to get on the strongest horse,” he said.